Saturday, March 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator March Challenge

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and extend ourselves. You can view all of the challenges at our Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

Our challenge this month was posed by the very talented Ann Jobes. Here's how she expressed this month's challenge:

First, for those of you who are getting tired of journaling-based challenges, I apologize. This idea has been cooking since the fall (just not articulated). My daughter subscribes to the Dance Spirit magazine and I sometimes browse through it, too. One of my favourite monthly features is an article that features a different dancer each month, some photos of that dancer, and a description of their current work, and (the best part!) a letter. The theme is a Letter to My Teenage Self. The content ranges, depending on the dancer and his/her experience, morals, ideals, etc. So this month's assignment is to write a letter to your teenage self. You can take any approach you'd like to this - scrapbook page, art journal page, canvas. However the prompt inspires you. And your content is of course up to you, as well. Some topics might be: what would you try to teach yourself? Or, what would you counsel yourself to do or not do?
This does not have to be a page about regrets. It could be about congratulating yourself on something you did right that has contributed to who you've become today.

I decided to create a layout about a decision I had to make my senior year of high school- college or tech school?
I decided to use my senior photo and my favorite color back then- purple and try my first monochromatic layout. I used a stencil with light modeling paste and lots of watercolor for my background. Since I don't use purple for scrapping very often, I didn't have many purple embellies - just a few small Prima flowers or mists. I decided to use watercolor on my white flowers to change them to purple. I added some twine, wood veneer, also used watercolor, and Creative Embellishments chipboard fence with Gesso on it, along with some pearls to create this layout:

Here are some close ups:

The word "time" are LYB burlap alphas also water colored: 

My journaling reads:
Back when I was a senior in high school, college wasn't as important as it is today. I debated going to tech school for Cosmetology or college for an architect, which was and still would be my dream job.
In the end, I settled for tech school/Cosmetology because being an architect meant moving away from family and friends.
Today, I realize, I should have gone for my dream job and hope both of my kids take this advice and be all that they can be and want to be!

Please visit the other Inspiration Elevator designers' blogs and see how they worked with Ann's challenge:
                                                                  Ann Jobes
                                                              Laura Whitaker
                                                                  Lisa Moen (I am so glad you are here!)
                                                                Cathy Harper
                                                               Joanne Burton
                                                                 Jodi Wilton
                                                           Michelle Hernandez

We would LOVE to see you take up Ann's challenge this month, so if you do, please share it at our linkup on the Inspiration Elevator blog.


  1. Lisa, what a gentle, beautiful page. You worked beautifully with your mixed media elements and this page is just gorgeous!

  2. Absolutely beautiful!! I love all the mixed media, the colour, your elements - they all work together so well!
    Joanne xo

  3. Beautiful job Lisa! Love the colors!

  4. oh wow stunning page!!! LOVE LOVE the soft and pretty feel. your lo is amazing!!!!!

  5. Such a beautiful page, gorgeous colour and embellishments,

  6. I love the twine and overall design of this page- this is TOTALLY presumptuous of me but- you can always pursue your dream career right now! I'm considering a huge change myself since my career training is all pre digital and totally obsolete. It's crazy how much things have changed!


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